Dr. Rod J. Rohrich Honored as Indiana University School of Medicine 2011 Will C. Moore Lecturer

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Dr. Rohrich to share pioneering work that leads to fewer primary rhinoplasty corrections.

Rod Rohrich secondary rhinoplasty

Secondary rhinoplasty can correct unsuccessful results of a previous rhinoplasty.

It is a surgery of millimeters, and the margin for error is very small. It is both an art and a science, so it’s very important that the surgeon has expertise, experience and overall ability to judge what can and can’t be done.

Dr. Rod Rohrich, Dallas plastic surgeon and chair of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, will speak to the Indiana University School of Medicine as this year’s honored Will C. Moore Lecturer. In his lecture, entitled “Getting it Right the First Time,” he will present data spanning 20 years to support key elements involved in performing successful rhinoplasties and reducing the need for corrective surgery.

“I thank the Indiana University School of Medicine for extending this honor and opportunity. I am looking forward to sharing what I know and helping plastic surgeons prevent and manage secondary rhinoplasty,” Dr. Rohrich said. Procedures that minimize rhinoplasty revision, he said, can also be used to produce positive results when secondary rhinoplasty is necessary.

Dr. Rohrich explained that rhinoplasty is a very complicated procedure. “It is a surgery of millimeters, and the margin for error is very small. It is both an art and a science, so it’s very important that the surgeon has expertise, experience and overall ability to judge what can and can’t be done.” The average plastic surgeon’s revision rate for rhinoplasty is 15 to 20 percent.

Dr. Rohrich, who has achieved a personal revision rate of three percent and receives many requests each year from around the world for corrective rhinoplasty, seeks ways to improve the percentage across the discipline. “Since a secondary nose job is so difficult, the key is to do it correctly the first time, as you get better results if you do the primary rhinoplasty correctly.” he said.

One of the keys of Dr. Rohrich’s success with primary rhinoplasty is an open approach in which the surgeon can visually see the deformity of a nose, rather than guessing what’s underneath the skin. In his address, Dr. Rohrich will emphasize the need for surgeons to work closely with patients to determine expected outcomes, and to be prepared with deep knowledge, experience and willingness to analyze results and continually improve.

Dr. Rohrich also will touch on the following topics during his address at Indiana University School of Medicine:

  •     The important role of an open approach to both primary and secondary rhinoplasty for optimal exposure and correction of deformities;
  •     The role of component dorsal exposure;
  •     Use of tip sutures only, and no visible grafts when possible;
  •     Use of grafts from the patient’s own body;
  •      The importance of properly doing an individualized nasal/facial analysis;
  •     New types of invisible grafts he has developed;
  •     The use of HA fillers as a temporizer in patients with severe early secondary deformities.

“I recently had a patient tell me she wished she had done as much research before her first procedure as she did for her second, and that’s because the outcome was so much better,” said Dr. Rohrich. “She knew that if she had done the research, she might have had a better idea of what was possible and what she wanted. She might not have needed the second rhinoplasty. That’s why it’s so important to do it right the first time.”

About Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Rod J. Rohrich holds the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He also holds the UT Southwestern Medical Center Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery. He is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, with residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He repeatedly has been selected by his peers as one of America's best doctors, and twice has received one of his profession's highest honors, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes his contributions to education in his field. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery. A native of North Dakota, he is married to Dr. Diane Gibby, also a plastic surgeon. They live in Dallas, Texas with their two children.

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